4 Songs

by Tyler Wagler

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released October 10, 2014

Tyler Wagler - vocals, guitar
Thom Hammerton - piano, keyboards
Jesse Turton - double bass
Keira McArthur - cello
Mark Mariash - drums
Anna Horvath - vocals

All songs written by Tyler Wagler

Recorded by Nick Zubeck at Arthur North Studios and Trevor Mackenzie at Vert Studios. Mixed by Andy Magoffin at House of Miracles.

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Tyler Wagler Guelph, Ontario

For over a decade Tyler Wagler has been a coveted sideman, playing with artists as diverse as The Human Rights, david sereda, Friendly Rich & The Lollipop People, Tannis Slimmon, and many more. His latest EP, 4 Songs, is an intimate, stripped down affair, framed by warm double bass, a creaking upright piano and contributions from some of the finest musicians in the folk and indie communities. ... more

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Track Name: Enemy
The opposite of love ain't hate, it's indifference
I used to love you but know I just don't care
I don't think of you that much and I'm not the least bit bitter
So why am I sitting here, thinking,
Wishing you were here

Love is a beautiful form of surrender
We surrender ourselves to crippling hurt
But baby we don’t have to wave that white flag yet
Just stay with me in the trenches for one more night

Cause I've been captured by the enemy of your beauty
But I escaped, now I know you're a prisoner yourself
It's so quiet in our room I can hear the passage of time
It's so quiet I can hear your heart beating next to mine.

There’s no point in leaving, but I got no reason to stay
I just keep reaching out and you, you keep pulling away
I was caught crossing the barbed wire fence of what used to be
Come throw down your guns and get tangled up with me

Cause I've been captured by the enemy of your beauty
But I escaped, now I know you're a prisoner yourself
It's so quiet in our room I can hear the passage of time
It's so quiet I can hear the memory of your heart beating next to mine.
Track Name: Rooster
I used to pull my coat up close around my face
Against the wind
I used to walk with eyes down low and a hurried gait,
My hands tucked in

But how things change
The sun, the snow, the rain
How I'm glad to walk in them just the same

chorus:
Now we wake up when the rooster crows,
Out the doorway and away we go
You just lead the way and I will follow
We waste time with no regrets
We kiss and run and jump and joke and jest
Until we tumble into bed

Oh the goosebumps on your arm, our toes in the stream,
The wind on your face
The days are made only to see and smell and hear,
To talk and touch and taste

And how folks stare,
Your smile, your sun-bleached hair
They say to themselves don't those two make a pair

chorus

Back before things changed,
I had such, such big ideas

Now we wake up when the rooster crows,
Out the doorway and away we go
You just lead the way and I will follow
We waste time with no regrets
We kiss and run and jump and joke and jest
Until we tumble into bed
With no regrets
Until the crows wake us again
Track Name: 100 Times
Later that evening I stitched the seconds back to back
You were just reading
For barely a moment I was lax, I turned my back

And I want you to know
I want you to know that
There wasn’t any way to know from where you sat
He’d fall like that
And I’ve been through it a hundred times

These things are revealing
You didn’t scream you just held your grasp
As he was bleeding
I asked someone above to please not let it be so bad

And I want you to know
I want you to know that
There wasn’t any way to know from where you sat
He’d fall like that
And I’ve cursed myself a thousand times

Darling, believe me
There wasn’t any to know
Believe me
Track Name: Blazing Waters
As the sun beats upon these green fields
My heart calls for open sea
This home and hearth is taming, frustrating and restraining
And shackling chains around my poor wandering feet

All the people, tastes and places I should know
If up and away to sea I should go
Out across the border, where there's no order
And not a single acre would I be driven to reap nor sow

With only charts and maps and graphs to know the way
I'd be lost and found, or drowned in some lonely bay
To follow only the baser instincts, to live on bread and gin drinks
An individual, indivisible from the sea

But I know if I put out to sea
My heart would call for these green fields
Those endless blazing waters would weigh upon my shoulders
And drive me 'cross the miles, hurried home
Those endless blazing waters would weigh upon my shoulders,
Those endless blazing waters would weigh upon my shoulders,
Drive me 'cross the miles, hurried home
To you